18 Jun 2017

Johny Mera Naam: Hand Painted Poster

Nobody could make a musical Hindi film thriller work like Vijay Anand. Johny Mera Naam (1970) had several things going for it, despite the rawness, awkwardness, formulaic proceedings and flimsiness of it all. One flimsiness example: In the opening credits, the film title appears in blood dripping red font, for some strange reason.

But the Dev Anand chemistry with Hema Malini and Pran is rollicking, so is the Kalyanji-Anandji soundtrack. At almost three hours and still entertaining. Check out the opening scene boxing match between siblings. A unique Vijay Anand touch.    

Mera Naam Joker: Hand-Painted Poster

With a marathon running time of 255 minutes, Raj Kapoor's Mera Naam Joker (1970) was the actor/director's most ambitious film. It was also his biggest box-office disaster. In the making for over 6 years, a lengthy metaphor on life and its phases, the film has gradually gained cult status over the years.

22 May 2017

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (3D): Sweet Irreverence and Fun Keeps it Interesting

There is a thin vein of something pretending to be a story in the latest Marvel comic books adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Happily, you don't even have to know what is going on, except that the good side is winning.

For the film is finally about great jokes, great jokes, great jokes, great jokes, the lovely 80's, 90's throwback moments, hilarious deadpan TV series references, more cracking jokes, a zippy soundtrack and superb visual effects.

Oh yeah, and the 3D is put to real cool use here. Don't miss the Baby Groot opening credits dance, amidst a giant octopus mayhem. Groovy!

Stretched, but so damn funny
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does pull it off in keeping us interested in a 2-hour, 18-minute running time.

A rocking, crazy celebration when it works, this sequel tells us why we love comic books -  not the heavy-mindedness but escapist, crazy, rebellious rule-bending characters to root for. High five Rocket! And you too Drax! A dizzy, firecracker festival of the unreal, in a glittering color combination mixtape. The film adapts essential comic book aspects to chirpy effect, in so many parts.

That said, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still feels stretched in its climax. There's no immediacy or grave thrill to its villainy. But so much of it is so damn funny, you will not complain.

Go enjoy most of what is served as mad intergalactic space fun. Frankly, I would ignore the lack of any solid story altogether if they make Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 madder.

Here are a bunch of superhero saviors for whom the jokes and chemistry fit pat right. Comic books fans, the 3D version is highly recommended.